Jeff Kaplan, lead developer on Overwatch, has quit blizzard after 20 years. Overwatch 2 is in question by fans.
Blizzard Entertainment vice president and game director of Overwatch 2 Jeff Kaplan is leaving the company. An announcement today from Blizzard Entertainment indicated that leadership will pass to Aaron Keller, another member of the team at Blizzard working on Overwatch.
On Kaplan leaving, Keller stated that “Jeff’s been a great leader, mentor, and friend, and he knows how much we’re going to miss him.” Kaplan also added that work is continuing on Overwatch 2, with more “frequent updates” on the game’s progress coming soon.
Overwatch 2 isn’t launching in 2021, much like upcoming action-RPG Diablo 4. At the earliest, it seems like these games will be available in 2022, though the global pandemic has introduced numerous challenges to game development and it’s really anyone’s guess right now.
Earlier this year at BlizzConline 2021, the team at Blizzard Entertainment showed off more concept art and new costumes for the various heroes, while giving a deep dive into the development process of the game.